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Need to check transmission fluid. just has a red cap. no dipstick.

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Hello: Car should be on lift, on passenger side (under car) the housing has a 10mm plug on the bottom of case, remove plug, fluid should be at , level with bottom of hole for proper amount. engine should be running and transmission in park.

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